Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Lena love more, Joe or Spunk?

2. How do the men treat Joe when he comes into the store?

3. Who do Elijah and Walter see walking down the street in Chapter 1?

4. How can Spunk's clothes best be described?

5. What promises has Spunk made to Lena, according to Elijah?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene surrounding Joe's death.

2. What does Spunk seem to think the bobcat is?

3. From what perspective is Chapter 2 told? Why is this important?

4. What sort of supernatural twist does Hurston give her story?

5. How do others in the town treat Spunk? Why do they treat him this way?

6. In what way does this story address justice?

7. Are there any surprise guests at Spunk's wake? Why is it a surprise?

8. How does the point of view affect the reader's perspective in Chapter 1?

9. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

10. What is the resolution of Hurston's story?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Briefly summarize the incident in which Joe is killed. Why do you think Hurston wrote about it in this way?

Essay Topic 2

What do you think is the main theme of Hurston's book? Identify at least three events in "Spunk" that communicate this theme.

Essay Topic 3

What does the Bradley house symbolize? What do you think Hurston was trying to communicate to readers by including this element in the story?

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